Felicia Manciu

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Felicia S Manciu
Professor, Physics - Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Manciu's research interests focus on optically and microscopically analyzing the properties of soft and hard condensed matter materials. Such studies, of both fundamental and applied interest, provide important insights for procedure optimization in fabricating new materials and in developing reliable nano- and micro-structures important to emerging technological applications, from nanoelectronics and nanophotonics, to medical diagnostics. Supporting this affirmation is the broad range of collaborative projects that she has conducted, which include simultaneous, label-free detection of neurotransmitters using confocal Raman mapping; bioimaging analysis of cancer cells and tissue; exploring ways of improving the characteristics of doped diamond materials, metal oxides, and transition metal chalcogenide alloys for biosensors and infrared device development; gaining new insights into the formation and prevention of kidney stones; characterizing highly energetic solid materials for use as rocket fuels; and studying changes that occur in the submicroscopic structure of Maya pigments. These collaborations not only enabled her to secure, as Principal Investigator, sustainable external funding from DOD-MDA, DOE, NSF, NIH, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, but also led to the successful completion of many degree programs by her students (6 Ph.D. and 13 M.S. graduates from 2007 to present). Indeed, it is her belief that a professor success is also reflected in his/her students' performances. Thus, by her establishing the Optical Spectroscopy & Microscopy laboratory at UTEP and creating research training opportunities for students, not only were they able to use advanced technology during their graduate studies, but they also acquired skills leading to future employment.


  1. Optics
  2. Nanotechnology
  3. Biophysics
  4. Neuromodulation
  5. Raman spectroscopy
  6. Infrared absorption spectroscopy